THE UNESCO DAY TRIP
MAKE A UNESCO DAY TRIP AND VISIT: CIVIDALE, PALMANOVA AND AQUILEIA. THREE BEAUTIFUL AND INTERESTING CITIES IN THE PROVINCE OF UDINE, THAT ARE ALL ON THE UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE LIST
Cividale del Friuli
The first city on the World Heritage List in the province of Udine is the historic town of Cividale del Friuli situated very close to the Slovenian border. The town itself has been a UNESCO World Heritage site since 2011 because of the precious presences of artefacts out of the Longobard period, the most famous one is the "Tempietto Longobardo" still possible to visit. Cividale was originally founded by Julius Caesar but 6 centuries later it became the first Duchy of the Longobards in Italy. This people ruled in Italy starting from the 6th century until the 8th century.
The sense of history is tangible as you walk through Cividale del Friuli's medieval streets and with the devil bridge "Ponte del Diavolo"creating a scenic backdrop this is one of the region's must-see highlights. For more information about Cividale, click here.
The second city in the province of Udine on the World Heritage List of Unesco, is Palmanova,
Built in 1593 by the Republic of Venice, Palmanova is a fortress-city preserved in exemplary condition. A national monument since 1960, in 2017 it became part of the Unesco World Heritage on the transnational site "Opere di difesa veneziane tra il XVI e il XVII secolo"- Venetian Works of Defence between the 16th and 17th centuries.
With its perfect nine-pointed star shape, monumental entrance gates and the three circles of fortifications from the 16th, 17th and 19th centuries, Palmanova is at the same time a model Renaissance city and an example of military architecture, that reveals in concrete detail to the visitor the technical developments of the science of fortification construction in the modern era. The Piazza Grande, a large parade ground located in the exact centre of the fortress city, hosts the church and the most important buildings. For more information about Palmanova, click here.